Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) has unveiled today the all-new, fifth-generation Hyundai Accent B-segment sedan, bringing with it an all-new design, improved driving dynamics, and better value. The new Accent promises to build on the strengths and success of the previous generation model.
The Hyundai Accent features an all-new design language, which now carries the family look resembling the Elantra and Sonata. The highlight of its design is its “cascading grille” that has now become the corporate look of all Hyundais, and flanking it are a pair of wrap-around multi-reflector halogen headlights. At the side, a striking character line runs from the front, all the way to the tail lights, while the sloping roofline has been maintained from the previous generation, giving the Accent a sleek profile. The new design isn’t just for show though, as the car’s drag coefficient of 0.28 is exemplary for the class.
The Hyundai Accent’s body is composed of 54.5 percent high strength steel, up by 13 percent from the previous generation, and this is all sourced from Hyundai’s own Steel Plant. As a result, the car’s torsional rigidity has been improved by as much as 32 percent compared to its predecessor, enabling the new Accent to have class leading driving dynamics and crash safety.
Inside, the Hyundai Accent features an entirely new interior design, featuring more premium materials than its predecessor. The driver focused interior orients most of the controls towards the driver for better usability while on the move. An LCD screen is sandwiched between two analog gauges, while the center stack features a radio with a 3.8-inch LCD display for audio and other information. Elsewhere, you get plenty of space for all five passengers, thanks to the Accent’s incremental increase in dimensions.
Under the hood of the all-new Hyundai Accent are a choice of petrol and diesel engines, which are both carried over from their previous generations. The 1.4-liter inline-4 Kappa petrol engine, which features Dual CVVT, produces 100 hp and 132 Nm of torque, with power sent through a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual. The other engine choice is the 1.6-liter U-II inline-4 CRDI turbo diesel engine, producing 128 hp and 260 Nm of torque, with power sent through a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual.
The all-new Hyundai Accent will go on sale with a starting price of P725,000 for the entry-level 1.4-liter petrol variant w/o airbags, and P985,000 for the top trim 1.6-liter diesel variant w/ airbags.